Community grants from Thrive Homes will aid local families in need
Published by kerri smith for Thrive Homes in Housing and also in Communities
More families in need in Hertfordshire will receive vital help and support thanks to the latest community grants from Thrive Homes.
The Croxley-based housing association has awarded a £12,000 grant to enable the Citizens Advice Bureau to provide an extra 14 hours of debt advice each week in its Oxhey, Abbots Langley and Rickmansworth centres.
Its cash boost to the Three Rivers CAB will fund more time for debt advisors offering impartial support and advice to enable people to get their finances back on track, including running money management events to help prevent people getting into debt in the first place.
Thrive is also giving a £12,000 grant to Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers to enable it support at least ten vulnerable families living in Thrive’s properties. The families all have children under five years old and are facing a range of challenges, including bereavement, domestic violence or health problems.
Thrive, which owns and manages more than 4,100 homes across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, gave out nearly £60,000 in community grants last year to organisations which are helping transform their own neighbourhoods. Both Three Rivers CAB and Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers also received £12,000 grants last year.
Sean Hughes, Head of Policy and Communications at Thrive Homes, said: “Our community grant scheme is aimed at supporting local projects and organisations which make a positive difference to their own environment.
“We’ve been running it since 2010 and have been inspired by the hard work which is going on in the heart of our communities. We’re delighted to give continued backing to two projects which offer such practical help to families.”
Marion Seneschall, Chief Executive of the Citizens Advice Service in Three Rivers, said: “This grant is really welcome, as we know people in financial difficulties find it invaluable to talk to someone who can offer expert and independent advice. It should allow us to prevent more people from getting trapped in a downward spiral of debt.”
Emma Power, Scheme Manager at Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers, added: “Funding like this is vital to help us provide both practical and emotional help to local families in need. We carefully match parent volunteers to support vulnerable families, allowing us to improve the lives of children in our area.”